Rosalina Abejo

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Sister Maria Rosalina Abejo, RVM (July 13, 1922 – June 5, 1991) was born in Tagoloan in Misamis Oriental in the Philippines, and died in Fresno, California. She was the first Filipina composer and conductor, and a nun of the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary. Her aunt, the late Sister Maria Rosario Madroñal, RVM was her first music teacher. She studied composition at the Philippine Women's University, and in 1977 she moved to the United States, where she studied at Eastman School of Music and The Catholic University of America. She taught composition and music theory at Kansas University and St Pius Seminary in Kentucky. Before this she travelled extensively in order to fund-raise, and to attend international music conferences. Abejo has received a number of honours, including the Republic Culture Heritage Award (1967), Philippines' Independence Day Award (1973), and being elected president of the Philippine Foundation of Performing Arts in America in 1980.[1] She is interred at Irvington Memorial Cemetery, Fremont, California.[2] Years later, many of those inspired by the sanctified life of Sr. Rosalina, wishes her for a cause of sainthood.

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